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disagreeing votes of the two houses on senate bill No. 31 ; in which joint resolution they respectfully request the concurrence of the house.

The hour of one o'clock P. M., having arrived, special order, senate bill

No. 5. To provide a charter for the city of Petersburg, came up.

On motion of Mr. Paige, the house adjourned until to-morrow, at 12 o'clock M.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1874.

Prayer by Rev. C. C. Bitting, of the Baptist church.
The journal was read by the clerk.
A communication from the senate, by their clerk, was read as follows:

In Senate, February 26, 1874. The senate have rejected house bill entitled

An act to amend the 65th section of chapter 47 of the Code of 1873, in regard to the duty of township assessors to extend school tax; No. 80.

They have agreed to the report of the committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two houses in relation to senate bill No. 86, entitled an act prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors on the Sab

bath day.

They have passed a bill entitled

An act to provide for a new registration in Alexandria city and county; No. 32.

In which bill they respectfully request the concurrence of the house of delegates.

No. 32. Senate bill, was read twice, and referred to the committee on privileges and elections.

No. 90. Senate bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 19 of chapter 77 of the Code of Virginia (edition of 1873), concerning the board of visitors of the Virginia agricultural and mechanical college, and the board of curators of the Hampton normal and agricultural institute, was reported from the committee on schools and colleges.

No. 13. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for the registration of the voters of the city of Lynchburg, was reported from the committee on privileges and elections.

No. 115. Senate bill entitled an act to provide for an artificial leg for A. J. Nunn, was reported from the committee on finance.

Senate joint resolution appointing a committee of conference, to consist of three on the part of the house and two on the part of the senate, to consider the disagreeing votes of the two houses on senate bill (No. 31) entitled an act amending section 24 of chapter 196 of the Code of 18733, providing for organizing chain-gangs, was agreed to.

Mr. Coghill moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the senate joint resolution was agreed to, which was rejected.

Ordered, That Mr. Coghill inform the senate that the house have agreed to the senate joint resolution.

The speaker appointed Messrs. Coghill, Koiner and Round the committee on the part of the house.

A message was received from the senate by Mr. Taylor, who informed the house that the senate had agreed to house joint resolution amending the joint resolution extending the time for collection of taxes and county and township levies for the year 1873, approved January 23, 1874; No. 135.

The following house bills were reported from the committee on schools and colleges :

No. 231. House bill to authorize the treasurer of Nansemond county to invest, by order of the school trustees of the town of Suffolk, the district school tax of the town of Suffolk.

No. 232. House bill authorizing the school boards of Northumberland county to apply the funds derived from the tax on dogs.

The following house bills, reported from the committee for courts of justice, were read a first time :

No. 233. House bill to prohibit county and city treasurers, and town. ships and city collectors, from receiving coupons for capitation tax, and the per centum of State tax set apart for free school purposes.

No. 234. House bill to amend the first section of chapter 44 of the Code of 1873, so as to prevent the institution of suits against the Commonwealth for the recovery of any part of the principal or interest of the public debt.

No. 235. House bill to exempt additional property from levy or distress upon contracts hereafter made.

No. 236. House bill to provide for the publication and distribution amongst the people of this State of matter relating to agriculture and the mechanic and mining arts, reported from the committee on agriculture and mining, with a recommendation that it do not pass, was read a first time.

No. 237. House bill to establish a bureau of insurance, reported from the committee on propositions and grievances, with a recommendation that it do not pass, was read a first time.

Leave of absence was granted Messrs. Henderson and Fitzpatrick three days each, and Loving and Franklin four days each.

Mr. Williams offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That on and after Monday, March 2, 1874, the house shall meet at 11 o'clock A. M.

Which was agreed to.
Mr. Montague offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That the use of this hall be granted Hon. James II. Platt, Jr., on to-morrow night to speak on the subject of a national exchequer.

Which was agreed to—iwo-thirds of those present voting in the affirmative.

The following were presented and referred under rule 37 :

By Mr. Hudgin: A bill for the relief of the township collectors of Caroline county. Referred to committee on finance.

By Mr. Dooley: A bill to amend and re-enact the 63d section, chapter 57, Code of 1873, with reference to chartered companies. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Lovenstein: A bill to amend an act entitled an act to incorporate the Richmond harmonic association, and to change the name thereof. Referred to committee on propositions and grievances.

By Mr. A. J. Clark: Memorial of citizens and members of the bar of Campbell county, asking for increase of salary for circuit judges. Referred to committee for courts of justice.

By Mr. Harrison :

Resolved, That the committee for courts of justice inquire into the expediency of so amending the laws of this State so as to dispense with the distinctions heretofore existing in proceedings in suits between law and chancery, and provide a mode of proceeding common to all claims, and for the assertion of all rights, so that delays and injuries from technicalities may be avoided, and that truth and justice and right may be more speedily arrived at.

By Mr. Lamkin:

Resolved, That the committee on schools and colleges be instructed to examine the bill now pending in congress, entitled “ A bill to establish an educational fund, and to apply the proceeds of the public lands to the education of the people," and report as to the expediency of instructing our representatives to urge its passage.

By Mr. Harrison : Petition of A. H. Brans, William Clendening, and others, citizens of Loudoun, asking a repeal of the act of January 26, 1866, in relation to fences. Referred to committee on agriculture and mining

By Mr. Matt Clark : A bill to authorize the qualified voters of the county of Halifax to vote on a question to purchase or build a bridge at South Boston, in order to make it a free bridge. Referred to committee on propositions and grievances.

By Mr. Lightner:

Resolved, That the committee on finance inquire into the expediency of reducing the price of land warrants to be issued by the register of the land office, and that two years from the time of the purchase of the warrant be allowed the purchaser to carry his survey into grant, and upon failure, that the warrant be forfeited; and that on all warrants heretofore sold and issued, two years shall be allowed the holder to carry the same into grant, and upon failure, the warrant shall be liable to like forfeiture.

The morning hour having expired, the house proceeded to the business on the calendar.

No. 177. House engrossed bill to prescribe the times for holding the terms of the circuit courts of this Commonwealth, and to repeal the 15th section of the 155th chapter of the Code of 1873, which authorizes the judges of said courts to fix said terms, was,

On motion of Mr. Coghill, taken up out of its order on the calendar. The bill was read a third time and passed.

Mr. Coghill moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the bill was passed, which was rejected.

Ordered, That Mr. Coghill carry the bill to the senate and request their concurrence.

No. 76. House bill entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 4, chapter 6 of Code of Virginia (edition of 1873), in relation to vacancies in offices of governor and lieutenant-governor, came up.

The amendment of the senate was agreed to.

No. 26. Senate bill entitled an act to incorporate the town of Boydton, in the county of Mecklenburg, came up.

On motion of Mr. Hamilton, the bill was amended by adding at the end of the fourth section the following: “But no such tax shall be levied unless a majority of all the councilmen elected or appointed vote in favor of such levy at a regular meeting of the council.”

Mr. Hamilton moved to amend the bill by adding at end of seventh section the following:

Provided, however, that the town council shall have power to prohibit altogether the sale of any intoxicating liquors within the corporate limits of said town, but shall not refuse to recommend any person to the court to obtain an ordinary, retail or wholesale license to deal in ardent spirits, he being a person of good report and good character, unless said council shall decide to prohibit altogether its sale within the corporate limits of said town.

û hich was rejected-yeas 34; nays 64.
On motion of Mr. Hamilton, the vote was recorded as follows:

YEAS—Messrs. Bickings, Branch, Brooks, Peter J. Carter, Matt Clark, Cox, Crank, T. S. Gibson, Gilliam, Goodwyn, Harris, Hill, Jno. T. Hoskins, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, Lipps, Lipscomb, Lucas, May, McGonigal, Morrison, Moss, W. A. Nash, Nickens, Norton, Ould, Paige, Rogers, Sellers, Syphax, Thomas, Van Auken, Wallace, and Young-31.

Nays-Messrs. Alexander, Anderson, Armstrong, Banks, Beaton, Blair, Boykin, Brown, Campbell, J. A. Carter, Jack Carter, A. J. Clark, Cockerille, Davis, Dooley, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Foster, Franklin, Gardner, P. Gibson, Gilman, Haden, Hale, Harrison, Henderson, Hoenniger, William Hoskins, Howard, Hudgin, Hunter, Jett, Jordan, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, J. H. Lacy, Lamkin, Lewis, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Magruder, McMullan, Montague, Moore, Morris, John L. Nash, Pannill, Pendleton, Popham, Powell, Richmond, Scruggs, Spratt, Strother, Stuart, Swann, Taliaferro, Taylor, Turner, Williams, Winn, Withers, and Mr. Speaker-61.

The bill was ordered to its third reading-yeas 78; nays 19.
On motion of Mr. Young, the vote was recorded as follows:

YEAS-Messrs. Alexander, Anderson, Armstrong, Banks, Beaton, Blair, Boykin, Brown, Campbell, J. Armistead Carter, Jack Carter, A. J. Clark, Cockerille, Coghill, Crank, Davis, Dooley, Finney, Fitzpatrick, Foster, Franklin, Fulkerson, Gardner, P. Gibson, T. S. Gibson, Gilman, Haden, Ilale, Hamilton, Harrison, Henderson, Hoenniger, William Hoskins, John T. Hoskins, Howard, Hudgin, Hunter, Jett, Jordan, Koiner, B. W. Lacy, J. Horace Lacy, Lamkin, Lee, Lightner, Lipps, Lovell, Lovenstein, Loving, Magruder, McGonigal, McMullan, Montague, Morris, John L. Nash, W. A. Nash, Ould, Pannill, Pendleton, Popham, Powell, Richmond, Rogers, Scruggs, Sellers, Spratt, Strother, Stuart, Swann, Taliaferro, Taylor, Turner, Wallace, Webb, Williams, Withers, Yager, and Mr. Speaker-78.

NAYS-Messrs. Bickings, Branch, Peter J. Carter, Matt Clark, Goodwyn, Harris, Bill, P. K. Jones, R. S. Jones, Lipscomb, May, Moss, Nickens, Norton, Paige, Stovall, Syphax, Thomas, and Young_19.

Mr. Hamilton moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the bill was ordered to its third reading.

The hour of one o'clock P. M. having arrived, special order-
No. 61. House bill in relation to the interest on money, came up.

On motion of Mr. Hunter, the special order was postponed until Tuesday next.

Special order

No. 5. Senate bill to provide a charter for the city of Petersburg, came up.

Mr. Round moved to amend the bill by striking out in the first line of the third section of chapter one, the words “judge of the hustings court of the city of Petersburg," and inserting“

governor of the Commonwealth."

On motion of Mr. Montague, the house adjourned until to-morrow at 12 o'clock M.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1874.

Prayer by Rev. J. Wm. Jones, of the Baptist church.
The journal was read by the clerk.
A communication from the senate, by their clerk, was read as follows:

In Senate, February 27, 1874. The senate have agreed to the joint resolution for the appointment of a joint committee to confer with the authorities of the city of Richmond as to the erection of a building for the use of the supreme court of appeals, the city courts, &c.

They have passed bills entitled

An act to amend and re-enact the first, seventh and ninth sections of the act entitled an act to incorporate the Washington, Cincinnati and St. Louis railroad company; No. 4.

An act for the relief of George W. Eldridge, R. C. Motley and George W. Johnston, securities of John A. Graves, late collector of Giles township, in the county of Amelia ; No. 66.

An act to incorporate the town of Mechanicsburg, in the county of Bland : No. 89.

An act prescribing the manner in which records for the supreme court of appeals shall be printed, and providing for letting the same to contract; No. 91.

An act to amend and re-enact section 19, chapter 192, Code of 1873, in regard to the disturbance of religious worship; No. 112.

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